GRAMMY nominations for nine AH artists

The nominations for the 62nd GRAMMY Awards were revealed yesterday, with nods for no less than nine Askonas Holt artists! The winners will be announced in an awards ceremony on 26 January 2020.

Many congratulations to Louis Langrée, Sir George Benjamin, Christopher Maltman, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Yuval Sharon, Nicola Benedetti, Cristian Măcelaru, Joyce DiDonato and Stephen Costello, and to our friends and colleagues at Cincinnati Symphony, Royal Opera House, Dutch National Opera, Bayreuth Festival, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra.

The nominations are as follows:

Best Orchestral Performance

Louis Langree & Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: Transatlantic
The Cincinnati Symphony’s latest recording showcases the critical edition of George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, which received its world premiere performance on tour at La Seine Musicale in Paris in 2017. When interviewed at the time of the premiere, Louis Langrée said, “What could be better than An American in Paris played by an American orchestra in Paris conducted by an ex-Parisian living in America?”

Best Opera Recording

George Benjamin: Lessons in Love & Violence
The British composer’s third opera, written with playwright Martin Crimp, is based on the downfall of Edward II and stars French baritone Stéphane Degout as the conflicted monarch. Premiered and recorded at London’s Royal Opera House in 2018, conducted by the composer himself.

Further reading: “George Benjamin on Lessons in Love and Violence

Berg: Wozzeck, with Christopher Maltman & Eva-Maria Westbroek
Recorded at Dutch National Opera in 2017 and conducted by Marc Albrecht, Christopher Maltman and Eva-Maria Westbroek lead a cast that includes Frank van Aken and Sir Willard White. Watch the video below for an insight into the production.

Yuval Sharon’s production of Wagner: Lohengrin
Recorded at the Bayreuth Festival in 2018, Yuval Sharon’s critically acclaimed production of Wagner’s Lohengrin (incidentally, the first production mounted by an American at this prestigious festival) features an all-star cast, including Piotr Beczała (Lohengrin), Anja Harteros (Elsa), Waltraud Meier (Ortrud), Tomasz Konieczny (Friedrich) and Georg Zeppenfeld (Heinrich). Christian Thielemann leads the Bayreuther Festspiele orchestra.

Best Classical Instrumental Solo / Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Nicola Benedetti: Marsalis Violin Concerto & Fiddle Dance Suite
Written for and performed by Nicola Benedetti, with Cristian Măcelaru and The Philadelphia Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis’ concerto was written specially for Nicky, and was premiered at London’s Barbican Centre in November 2015. This marks Nicky’s first ever GRAMMY nomination! This concerto, Marsalis’ first for classical violin, also earns him a nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album

Joyce DiDonato: Songplay
Together with her exceptional band (Chuck Israels, Jimmy Madison, Charlie Porter, Craig Terry, Steve Barnett & Lautaro Greco), Joyce DiDonato fuses music from jazz with that from the baroque era, creating a distinct sound-world.

Stephen Costello: A Te, O Cara
Dedicated to his close friend, the late Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Stephen Costello’s debut solo album comprises a programme of arias from seven Donizetti operas, recorded with Lithuania’s Kaunas City Symphony and Grammy-nominated conductor Constantine Orbelian. This nomination also marks Stephen’s first GRAMMY nomination!

For full details of all this year’s nominees, visit the official GRAMMY’s website.

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